It was a sea of colour as fashion aspirants hit the track for the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s Spring Carnival ‘Ladies Day’ on Saturday.By Bob Nicol
Apart from the fashions and racing, there was a host of activities for young and old, and while the crowd was not as big as the club had hoped for, those attending the meeting certainly had a fun-filled day.
Judges in the Fashions on the Field faced an enormous task of selecting the winners, particularly in the ladies category, which had to be held in sections due to the large number of entries, before the final 11 were selected.
The eventual winner, and deservedly so, was Shepparton’s Ashleigh Barri, who is no stranger to taking out the fashion stakes at Tatura.
A resplendent Jason Welsh, also from Shepparton, won the men’s fashions.
Club chief executive Desiree Pettit said racegoers who weren’t keen on the fab frocks aspect of Ladies Day, could still take home a prize or two.
‘‘Coinciding with their re-launch on Friday, Drummond Golf Shepparton sponsored a new feature on Ladies Day, the Golf Challenge, along with local Hilltop Golf and Country Club,’’ she said.
‘‘There were prizes on offer for this event and other activities.’’
Welcoming racegoers to the meeting, Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club president Michael Toll said the weather was perfect, and he hoped racegoers enjoyed the day and would take the opportunity to wait around after the last race and watch the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on the big screen.
Mr Toll thanked all the staff, the chief executive (Desiree Pettit) and track manager (Chris Grayham), sponsors, trainers and their staff and officials for their continuing support of the club.
Ms Pettit reminded racegoers that the TAC Trigger team was on course promoting the ‘Only A Little Bit Over’ message to patrons with great giveaways, free breathaliser testing and fun activities.
She said kids were also well catered for with a jumping castle, Disney characters in attendance, plaster painting, fairy floss and snow-cones.
While there were only six races on the day, there was a festive atmosphere, with brides and prospective grooms and the netball girls from Bendigo making plenty of noise throughout the day.
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